The standard of Judgment
The sanctuary reveals the grand truth that the judgment takes place at the most holy place where the law of God is. The blood was put on the ark which contained the law of God.
Leviticus16:14, “And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.”
What does it signify? The law demanded the death of the transgressor. But God’s mercy has found out a way for the transgressor to live through the death of the Son of God. In the sanctuary above, Jesus shows His blood as the payment for sin and pleads for mercy to be shown to the transgressor because of Him. He took our justice and granted us mercy! “And mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” (James 2:13).
When John was shown the heavenly judgment he saw the ark of the testament in the heavenly temple, in which the law of God is.
Revelation 1:18, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.”
The Bible is very clear, in several places, that the law of God, the Ten Commandments, is the standard of the judgment.
James 2:12, “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”
Lest someone wonders which law is apostle referring to, he quotes a couple of them. “For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.” (James 2:11). That’s the Ten Commandment law!
Also you will notice the people who preach the “everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6) as shown to John when they preach “the hour of his judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7) are keeping the commandments of God, because the judgment is based on the commandments!
Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Yes, indeed, the Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Judgment!
Is our life in harmony with the holy precepts of the Decalogue? We need to if we desire to pass the heavenly judgment! We can’t keep the law in the old covenant way with our human effort; we need the experience of the new covenant, a life filled with the Holy Spirit to do that. May God help us to this end! Let us conclude how the wise man concluded his book. He too associated the heavenly judgment with the commandments of God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”